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Fanwood Cultural Arts Performance Series
Old Carriage House The Performance Series takes place at the Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center also known as "The Old Carriage House". The Arts Center faces Watson Road; however, it is part of the Fanwood Borough Hall property and the actual address is 75 North Martine Avenue, Fanwood, NJ 07023. Please go to our Directions page for in depth directions, maps and photos at: directions, and our Venue page to learn more about this beautiful historic building.

Mayor Colleen Mahre and
The Fanwood Arts Council Present
Saturday October 10, 2015 at 7PM

Daphne Lee Martin

Daphne Lee Martin
Daphne Lee Martin started making music when she was just a kid. It was oldies radio, playing “Chapel of Love” and Daphne was singing along harmonies when her folk-singer mother overheard her and began teaching her. Growing up in southern Ohio, the family had always been around a great wealth of white gospel, mountain ballads, classic country and Old Time fiddle and banjo tunes. She was never one for the raucous numbers, but stuck mostly with the torch songs and does to this day.

At 17, Daphne & her mom and sister recorded an album of harmony-rich old time and maritime songs. Daphne fell in love with tall ships, something completely foreign, exotic and romantic to a gal who’d never lived near the ocean or even in a city. The next year, she put her guitar in her car and drove to New York City to cut her teeth on performing in the concrete jungle.

Following the path of the trio singing she loved, she joined forces with Erica Smith and Alison Kelley to form the “trio of sultry songbirds” Ida Red. This was when she realized she could write songs in the style of the songs she’d loved since childhood. She spent the next few years around Pete Seeger’s Hudson River Sloop Clearwater community using music as a means of teaching sustainability, environmental science, and the importance of traditions to the communities of the future. After all, somebody has to carry the torch of the beautiful legacy of folks like Woody Guthrie, Jean Ritchie, Alan Lomax, Pete and all the countless musicians who have given us these old songs.

When she finally swallowed the anchor, New London, CT was the home base for the group of musicians who’d helped Daphne get started with the first album, she and long-time friend Craig Edwards joined up with a group doing Hot Club style covers and they all formed a string band supporting Daphne’s original songs, giving them their signature swing. Over time, it became Raise the Rent, focused on a harder, darker edge incorporating drums and electric guitars into the set and leaning ever harder on timeless melodies and arrangements inspired by the tin pan alley writers of the 20s and 30s and of course, Tom Waits. She developed a vocal style based on the chanteuse sticky-sweetness of Blossom Dearie, the twang of Patsy Cline and the indie wistfulness of Neko Case.

‘Dig & Be Dig’ was released in November 2011 and Daphne has been recording and touring full-time ever since. Now about to release her 4th studio full-length, ‘Fall On Your Sword’ she’ll be touring nationally in the fall of 2015 including an Ocober stop in fanwood at the historic carriage house.

Daphne and her husband Rich also own an independent old-school vinyl record shop, The Telegraph

Check out her web site at:

Hiroya Tsukamoto

Christine Deleon
Hiroya Tsukamoto is a one of a kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after. In 1994, Hiroya entered The Osaka University and while at college in Japan, Hiroya was introduced to a musical and social movement in South America called Nueva Cancion headed by musical legends such as Victor Jara and Violeta Parra.

In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He is also the recipient of the Professional Music Achievement Award. Hiroya completed a debut album entitiled "The Other Side of the World" with his band INTEROCEANICO and released in 2004. His composition entitled "El Otro Lado del Mundo" was nominated as the finalist of The USA Songwriting Competition 2004 and "Samba de Siempre" in 2005, also "Seventh Night" is the finalist of International Acoustic Music Award in 2006. Hiroya released his second album entitled "Confluencia" in 2006 and the third album"Where the River Shines" in 2008.

Hiroya has been leading concerts with his group including several appearances at Blue Note in New York and he performed with Esperanza Spalding, Marta Gomez, Kendrick Scott(The Crusadors), Pete Kennedy(The Kennedys) and Dave Maxwell(Muddy Waters Band). Hiroya's recent album is "Heartland" which was released in August 2012 from 333discs. In October 2012, Hiroya did four days live performances on Japan Public TV(NHK) program "El Mundo”.

Check out his web site at:​

Future Performers

Nov 14th:
​ Jon DiFiore -​

Intermission with South Martine Avenue Deli sandwiches and pizza

As usual we will be offering refreshments for sale, during the intermissions. We ussually make some home made cookies, have a variety of chips, and various other finger foods donated by our volunteers and regular attendees. (Please feel free to bring along something for our intermission food table!)

Ahhre Coffee Roastery Our newest sponsor is Ahrre's Coffee Roastery in Westfield and Summit! Ahrre's has graciously offered to donate both decaf and regular coffee, as well as train our vollunteers how to brew and dispense their carefully roasted coffee correctly! We will be brewing up Ahrre's delicious coffees and offering it to you in our brand new, commercial, insulated dispensers!

Snapple Snapple has generously donated beverages for our intermission. They have also donated a new tent to cover the food tables, and 2 great new coolers on wheels to keep the beverages that they are donating cold.

Nick's Pizza and Deli
Nicks Deli (formerly South Martine Avenue Deli) will be adding some of their favorite appetizers and pizza samples to our intermission food table. They are famous for thier New York Style large slices and delicious garlic knots....

Mara's Cafe
Mara's Cafe will be adding their excellent baked treats to our ussual home made cookies etc.... Mara's grinds their own coffee beans, offers authentic Italian Gelato, and a huge assortment of pastries, cookies, and delicious canolis. They will be featuring live music of thier own on Wednesday nights!

Experience great performances in a historic setting right in your own back yard! Suggested donation is $15, $10 for seniors and students.

This program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.